R&B Loses Its Voice As The Soul Of American Music

Rashod D. Ollison of the Baltimore Sun wrote a critical piece on the state of R&B music. He writes, “I’ve been listening patiently, begrudgingly — hoping somebody, to quote , will ‘tell me something good.’ After , with her Post-It-thin vocals and one-stroke music, won a Grammy, after 50 Cent’s inane ‘In Da Club’ topped black urban (and mainstream) play lists, after ’s awesome debut Denials, Delusions and Decisions went unnoticed, I said enough is enough. Will R&B ever be interesting again? Or is the music, as writer Nelson George suggested years ago, really dead?”

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